Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa | Tactical Analysis

Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa | Tactical Analysis

Opening day of the season has been a consistent problem for Arsenal in recent years with three draws in the last three seasons prior to this weekend, while Aston Villa have experienced mixed results with a win, loss and a draw since 2010/11. Villa will have been optimistic going into the fixture with two wins at the Emirates from their last five attempts, a new contract for Christian Benteke, a group of young players now a season further in their …
Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur | Tactical Analysis

Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur | Tactical Analysis

AVB and his boys looked to kick off their top 4 campaign in a positive fashion and they did just that with a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace. New signing Paulinho starred prominently as his smart distribution in the ‘regista’ role ensured that Tottenham always had time and space to keep the ball retention flowing, whilst Palace looked to stay compact with a low defensive block in an attempt to thwart the attacking talents of Tottenham. Being the first game …
Chelsea 2 Hull City 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Chelsea 2 Hull City 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

The second era of Jose Mourinho began today, and predictably, all of the media glow was focused on Mourinho, and in typical Mourinho fashion, he basked in it, radiating as he took his familiar place in the home dugout. The visitors were newly promoted side Hull City, and ironically enough won their place in the Premier League with an oddly Mourinho-esque style of results, usually with a goal separating the sides they faced, often winning 1-0 or 2-1. Teams Chelsea …
Swansea City 1 - 4 Manchester United | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Swansea City 1 - 4 Manchester United | Stats & Tactical Analysis

The eagerly awaited Premier League season finally got under way over the weekend, with the first fixtures of the season being tough ones, with managerial changes, new players in, old players out and the usual teething problems faced in any league, with Manchester United being no different. The fixtures have given United a tough start in the first three games home to Chelsea in their second game and away to bitter rivals Liverpool in the third. That said the first …
Roberto Martinez & Everton (vs. Norwich) | Tactical Analysis

Roberto Martinez & Everton (vs. Norwich) | Tactical Analysis

Roberto Martinez’s Everton debut in the Premier League saw Marouane Fellaini take centre stage as he was often the trigger for Everton’s change of tempo, either through Fellaini himself dictating the tempo by keeping in line with the play with his lung-bursting running around the pitch or through the Belgian giant’s advanced positioning that would lead to a “fast-transitional” pass (not seen by Martinez as a long ball) being played into Fellaini that would come under his control regardless of …
Player Analysis: Ross Barkley | Player Stats Vs Norwich City

Player Analysis: Ross Barkley | Player Stats Vs Norwich City

Roberto Martinez recently described Ross Barkley as ‘something special’ and an ‘incredible football diamond’. Those doubting the hype received a glimpse of his undoubted potential against Norwich on Saturday. Nevertheless, despite announcing himself to the Premier League, Barkley has been a name on Evertonian lips for years. Overcoming a severe leg break, Barkley first arrived on the scene in August 2011. A man-of-the-match debut hinted at his promise, but any hopes of a prolonged spell in the team evaporated following an …
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